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Entry #24 A Long Journey To Success
My Story - Life After Cancer
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 17:00

Here is a list of all the doctor appointments I had from the beginning to the end….the end being when the cancer was “cured.” ...

 

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Entry #25 Here Comes Hypothyroidism
My Story - Life After Cancer
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 17:00

It wasn’t until my second thyroid surgery that I begin taking thyroid medication.  My initial dose was 100 micrograms once per day.  This was calculated by my weight.  My TSH levels before the surgery were averaging around 0.8 uIU/ml.  After the surgery my TSH slowly began to elevate....

 

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Entry #26 Thyroid Surgery Neck Scar from Beginning to the End
My Story - Life After Cancer
Monday, 08 June 2009 17:00

I decided to gather all of my neck scar pictures and put them in one place so one can see how my neck scar from thyroid surgery healed over time.  This is a very interesting collage of pictures....

 

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Entry # 27 Trying to Move on With Life
My Story - Life After Cancer
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 17:00

Well, three weeks after starting my new dose of thyroid meds (137 micrograms) I am feeling significantly better.  My afternoon nap isn’t required to make it through the day now.  I’m actually able to make it through the entire day with energy to spare.  I’m schedule to meet with my endocrinologist at the end of the month for blood work.  I’m very curious to see where my TSH levels are now with this new dose of thyriod medication….

 

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Entry # 28 A Switch in Health Insurance
My Story - Life After Cancer
Tuesday, 30 June 2009 17:00

It’s the beginning of July and no doctor appointment yet.  I have had a change of health insurance and I am still figuring out the new system.  Now that I have a “pre-existing condition” I am curious how this may affect my health coverage.  I didn’t have any laps of insurance so hopefully I am fully covered.  Because I have had thyroid cancer I’m sure this will always come up with insurances.... 

 

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Entry #29 A Trip to Arizona
My Story - Life After Cancer
Thursday, 09 July 2009 17:00

Summer traveling time is here!  Who says having no thyroid will slow you down!?!  I just took a trip to Arizona and had a blast.  My wife and I spent a couple days up in the remote mountains by Flagstaff.  We went on numerous hikes and four wheeling adventures into the far backcountry.   Some beautiful views I must say. 

 

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Entry # 30 TSH Levels are in the Zone
My Story - Life After Cancer
Friday, 31 July 2009 17:00

Off to my general doctor.  It's been awhile, about 3 months, since my last visit with any doctors.  My thyroid function labs were taken and my TSH is now 0.1 uIU/ml.  So now I'm running a little bit hyper. 

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Entry # 31 Year One Appointment After Thyroid Cancer Treatment
My Story - Life After Cancer
Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

Year one is a big appointment with lots of testing.  So get ready for at least one month of work :)  I went to the Endocrinologist and this year's appointment consists of multiple visits, multiple blood testing, and a body scan.  This is where the rubber meets the road.   The doctors need to see how just how effective the surgery and radioactive Iodine-131 ablation was on destroying the thyroid cells and thyroid cancer cells.

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Entry # 32 Year Two Appointment After Thyroid Cancer Treatment
My Story - Life After Cancer
Thursday, 15 September 2011 00:00

Here we are for year two testing after thyroid cancer treatment.  I was sort of dreading this year's testing because last year's testing was such a hassle.  I have been told by many doctors that papillary thyroid cancer is very curable but it is a hassle doing the yearly testing.  I agree. 

 

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Entry # 33 Low Iodine Diet Grocery List
My Story - Life After Cancer
Sunday, 20 January 2013 12:28

I am introducing the newly developed Low Iodine Diet Grocery List!

 

This grocery list is intended to be supplementary information for one's low iodine diet prior to radioactive iodine therapy and/or thyroid testing.   This list contains products that are low in iodine according to the National Institutes of Health. 

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Entry # 34 Year Three Appointment After Thyroid Cancer Treatment
My Story - Life After Cancer
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:00

My 3 year checkup is here.  My multifocal papillary thyroid cancer was treated surgically and with radioactive iodine-131 in 2009.  I always get a little anxious after the lab work returns.  Actually, I think my wife gets more anxious then I do.  I guess she wants to keep me around for awhile :) 

    

I am currently taking 137 mcg of Synthroid daily.  My energy levels are good.  My weight has not changed since the initial surgery in 2009. I have no symptoms of either hyper or hypothyroidism.   So overall, I am doing well.

    

Here is most current lab work results:

     

TSH   0.02 uIU/ml      (normal 0.2-3.3)  
FT 4      1.42 ng/dL       (normal 0.7-1.3)
Thyroglobulin (Tg)        0.3  ng/mL

   

The endocrinologist was very kind and supportive.  She was a fellow in her last year of fellowship training.   The first thing she said to me was:

   

"YOU ARE CURED FROM THYROID CANCER!"

 

 

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This was reassuring.  She found no reason to be worried of recurrences at this point.  The endocrinologist was very please with such a low thyroglobulin (Tg) level.  She stated that with a thyroglobulin (Tg) level that low there is little chance of any recurrence.   This was music to my ears.

        

She also stated I will not have to do a full body scan or stimulated thyroglobulin test for a few years.    She recommended that I can be monitored yearly with a regular thyroglobulin test.   That's a simple blood test that can be done anywhere.

   

Secondly, she said I need to decrease my Synthroid levels.  The endocrinologist was concerned that I was too hyper.  So my new dose has been decrease to 125 mcg daily.  So lets see where this dose takes me.  I will have to get my TSH and FT4 retest in a few months.

     

  

Life is good!

   

 

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